Devin Gardner will 'probably not' redshirt, plus other Michigan football team news
Rich Rodriguez didn't divulge the Michigan football team's starting quarterback Monday, but he did add some intrigue to the three-way race.
Rodriguez said true freshman QB Devin Gardner would "probably not" redshirt this season, meaning that some role is projected for the 6-foot-4 former Inkster High School standout.
"His progress has been pleasing," Rodriguez said, "but all the guys have made progress. They've all gotten better since the spring."
Rodriguez said he has a good idea of which quarterback will start Saturday against UConn, and will inform Denard Robinson, Tate Forcier and Gardner of his decision later in the week. He's not putting much thought into how to explain his decision to the three contenders.
"I don't need no Dr. Phil moment with the guys, where it's 'let me explain the situation,' and 'how do you really feel about it,'" Rodriguez said, drawing laughs from the 30 or so media members assembled Monday. "It's 'this is the deal and go out and play.' "
Other key developments Monday:
- On the team's first depth chart of the season, true freshman Carvin Johnson is listed as the starter at the hybrid linebacker position.
- Mark Huyge is listed as the team's starting left tackle, withstanding a challenge from redshirt freshman Taylor Lewan.
- Teric Jones has moved from the defensive backfield to running back.